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The day is Wednesday, though they are calling it Wolfsday now. The wolf known only as Scribe sits at a desk, tapping the sheet of paper in front of him with a single digit of his paw. Despite what his name suggests, he is the liaison between the wolf leader and the US, and is a wolf of high notoriety. He read the transcript of my interview with one of his kin multiple times, and is meticulous about the details. Apparently he approved of my work, since he agreed to meet. It is important to note that he requested this interview, not the other way around. His accent suggests he was originally British.


When did the change take you?

That question has been asked hundreds of times now to hundreds of us.

And I’m asking you.

And I’m not answering. [There is a shuffling of fur as he adjusts himself]

Was it painful?

Very. Some didn’t survive the transformation. The old, anyone that wanted the change but didn’t understand what they were truly getting. Idiots who thought being a wolf was an escape to a peaceful life, a chance to be something inhuman, something better. Little better than cultists. [He scoffs]

But they found the magic that began the transformation.

Do you deserve a reward for discovering the sky is blue? No. It wasn’t magic, either. Oh, you’ll hear the transformation called all sorts of things. Mystical, magical, miraculous, demonic, even. Christians. [He grunts] But in the end it simply happened. Science and religion can sort that out on their own, and I’ll enjoy watching them burn over it for decades to come. [His laughter sounds like a rumbling growl, except it has the cadence of typical sarcasm]

Some of them survived though.

Not everyone in a mindless pack is mindless.

How did you become the Scribe?

By taking up the name and convincing everyone I was the only one capable of filling the role.

Who were you before the change?

A writer. Unknown, perhaps even not bad, though that sounds like a lie. A lover of the outdoors. That hasn’t changed.

Then why take a position that involves city living?

To do my part for the whole.

Have you always been such a team player?

No. Never, in fact. But this is a new life. It would be fitting to perform in the exact opposite ways, to shun the old life fully. Besides, I’m never gone from the outdoors long. There is a forest near my home, cliffs, and in the United States there are expansive parks to explore. Many of my kin are there, and we talk.

Do you discuss your old lives?

Absolutely not. No one wants to remember it, or bring attention to it in case what was done can be undone by the mere whisper of an alternate desire.

When did you become a wolf?

[He chuckles] All right, I’ll bite this time. Not literally, of course, don’t worry.

It was a year ago, though it feels like less. I was still in university at the time. Almost finished, finally. It was holiday, so I was home. There’s a large park nearby, a very iconic one as a matter of fact. Wandering into it was a normal occurrence. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, if it weren’t for the urge to run that seized me so violently that I charged, with a dumb smile on my face, straight in.

At some point I recognized the buzzing in my ears. It wasn’t the violent turn horror movies make it out to be. It was much more natural. One moment I’m using feet, the next hind legs and digitigrade paws. Of course, when I realized it had happened, I panicked. Sure, not being human was that secret desire I’d always harbored, or at least the curiosity of it, but I’m a misanthropic man. Fulfilled desires wasn’t something experienced often. But I didn’t question it—yet. I reveled in the change.

Going on a hunt was the proper thing to do next, wouldn’t you say? And it was the best sensation of my life, the first time looking at the world through a fresh pair of eyes, entirely different. Hearing the forest, little clicks and sounds kilometers away. Smelling entirely new scents, which created a strange new layer to the world around me. [He chuckles almost whimsically] It was the best of times.

And the worst of times?

Aren’t you a clever one. Yes, it soon was the worst of times. The world panicked and killed us off by the thousands at first, until we managed to negotiate a treaty with the UN. Leader came into power then and reminded the world that we were once human with his charisma.

When did he ask you to become Scribe?

Not for some time. Then he realized we needed a cultural identity, a person that knew words and the power they held. Becoming a wolf only improved my writing abilities, apparently. I’d been writing stories of our kind for half a year under the name of Scribe, and Leader simply asked that I keep it and become liaison.

Writing doesn’t equal political skill.

That may be, but a lot of the others wished to sever all ties with the life they knew. Ironically this was especially true for any and all politicians, public speakers, and the like. I, on the other hand, can’t seem to figure out which foot to place where, and I couldn’t shun the humans as easily as I expected. So here I am. [He displays himself]

Do others turn into wolves still?

Not since the initial turn, no. We’re not sure any ever will again. Which is too bad. I think there were some out there that wanted the change but were too afraid to seize it. Like you.

What?

[He laughs loudly] I see the hunger in your eyes behind the disgust. You want a new life, free from human obligation. Don’t worry, your secret is exposed but not destroyed. You may contradict me now to uphold your integrity.

I won’t.

Ah, so there is some boldness in you. Now, at least. That’s something, I suppose. Is this obsession of yours why you go out of your way to interview my kin?

Yes.

Get as close to the strange happenstance as you can, see if it rubs off on you? Well it won’t help. Neither will wandering through my forest alone.

[Pause]

Good, you aren’t surprised that I noticed. There’s intelligence in you yet. Some, at least. Did you think I couldn’t tell? That you were the first to want to change, to believe once that belief has yielded something substantial? No, belief isn’t the right comparison. To take up another identity because it offers freedom from your own, that’s more like it.

That’s all the transformation was. You aren’t the same person, you just delude yourself into thinking that.

[He growls, and it is terrifying] Careful.

You’d be a bad liaison if you killed a human during an interview.

Fair enough. [He returns to his relax posture with a grumble and smiles, exposing fangs] But I can offer you a way out. Not through death, don’t fear. You won’t be a wolf, but we can teach you our culture nonetheless. You’re provided for, fed, clothed, set free from all the mundane trappings of your current life. It’s been done for a few, rare humans that have proven interesting enough.

You mean they’re your pets.

Hmm, yes. I suppose they are.

Then you’ll excuse when me when I tell you to politely go to hell.

[He laughs] Very well. I hope this has been most enlightening for you.

Yes. Yes, it has. I thank you for showing me that you wolves aren’t any better than us, that you’re full of hate and cruelty and oppression like any other culture.

Were you really so naive as to think this wasn’t so?


This interview first appeared in the magazine Humans and Wolves.

Ever since I read World War Z I wanted to try this style out. No, the interviewer isn't me, simply a character. This is a story requested by a friend.

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Given 2013-12-28
=Amriah "keeps the pace moving relentlessly" (suggester's words) in Anthropomorphic: an Interview with the Wolf Scribe. ( Suggested by W-Lupus and Featured by neurotype )
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Izzie-67 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this a while ago (when you first asked me to take a look) and I can't believe I didn't leave a comment sooner. I must've gotten distracted  by something shiny xD

Anyhow, I really love this piece, twin. It kept me on my toes and felt rather like Interview with the Vampire in that you never really could tell who was interviewing who at the end. Sure, Louis was basically begging to tell his story, which is the total opposite of the Scribe, but, still. You get my point. But the dialogue flows really well and it's just plain awesome to see how much you've improved this last year! I can't wait to see the DR rewrite now! :D
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TheIndigoWolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is most likely the most fascinating and realistic interview of science fiction and anthropomorphic fantasy that I've ever read.

Amusingly enough the wolf in question here sounded very similarly to my own fursona, whose taste is hard to compare amongst others but has a character who deals and speaks in a real bastardly fashion such as this, though retains his intellect.

Of all the Daily Deviation awards I've seem I think that this is probably one of the most observing I've ever seen.

I do hope that one day I'll be able to right as brilliantly as you do, you've inspired much in me through writing this.

Thank you.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow, I'm happy to have inspired you. Means a lot to me, and thank you. I'm glad you liked the story!
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bRoKeNgRiN Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very, very interesting. I can't say I've read World War Z, but I can understand why this style appealed to you. Short snippets into characters that develops slowly and through different questions... Interesting indeed. Thank you very much for sharing. It was certainly entertaining to read and certainly nice to see something different while still thoughtful. Congrats on the daily deviation.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
I tend to lean towards dialogue anyway, so this was a fun style to mess with. I'm happy you enjoyed it so much.
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Volt-The-Nightfury Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Writer
Dang... this is...wow. Just, wow.

Really nicely done. 
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm happy you liked it. :)
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Volt-The-Nightfury Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Writer
Indeed
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ElleonDire Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love World War Z and this definitely reminds me of it. I think you did a good job. It's interesting and it makes me want to know more.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Aw, cool, I'm happy you could see the style similarities at least. I'm glad you liked the piece. :)
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ElleonDire Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome! Keep up the good work!
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Dragoness-of-Night Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice!
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Glad you think so. :D
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Dragoness-of-Night Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome :) I couldn't stop reading. Love it :)
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Rudebunnyboy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
 I love it!
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you!
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Mystic-Cheetah Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
There is so much potential here. So much... @_@
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm glad you think so. :)
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FenrirSleeps Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing exercise of imaginative writing! Loved how besides being short, this story has all the ingredients of a great plot!
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! Glad you think so. :)
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Writer
You've done a brilliant job of making both interviewer and wolf seem like real characters, which is quite a feat given the brevity of the piece. I really love how you've alluded to details of the past and how it all happened, but it's all woven in so as to feel completely natural, not like clunky exposition. My favorite part would be when Scribe turns the interview around back on the interviewer and calls his out on his desires. It's a subtle shift in power that reminds the reader whose got the teeth and isn't afraid to use them.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks, it took some effort to get the balance of exposition right, to be sure. And yeah, the wolf is, well, a wolf. It'd be unwise to cross him.
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Writer
It was effort well payed off.
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Lyricana Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
A unique yet incredibly clever piece.  It reminds me a little of "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves", a short story I read for school not long ago.  I really like the format you used as well as the witty banter.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks! I've never read the short story you mentioned, but I'm happy you liked the piece regardless. :)
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Silvermare Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done! Excellent characterization!

I haven't read World War Z. Now I'm curious.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
The style of the book is all interviewer (obviously, heh). It does a really good job of making you care regardless of the format, and it's really gripping for a zombie book. And realistic, in strange ways. I'm glad you liked my piece though! :D
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Zel-the-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely awesome. And before anyone else says it about me before me, I do wish I could become a wolf.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
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Zel-the-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a pleasure. ^_^
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Vatimiss Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I like it a lot, nice job.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you. :)
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AyeAye12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Writer
That was brilliant.
I like how the interviewer also has character and is more than just someone posing questions. Really great world-building made from just dialogue too.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! It was a challenge, since I'm used to a typical fiction style. Well worth it though. :)
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AyeAye12 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Writer
You're welcome :3
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day and Happy Holidays! :santa:
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks! :D
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :heart:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's refreshing to see something that doesn't try and pretend the animal kingdom is far superior to human society.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm glad you think so! And thank you for the DD. :heart:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:dance:
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RedHotNoize Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
im happy to say it was actually quite an interesting read!!! well done!
i take my virtual hat off to you sir!
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W-Lupus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013   Writer
So this is amusing, but you know that already. What's good about this piece is that it's comic and it makes a point. All in all it's very enjoyable to read!
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